World Gorilla Day, First Ever Global Celebration of Gorillas, Kicks off September 24, 2017 Join the global conservation community in celebrating the first ever World Gorilla Day this Sunday September 24, 2017. The inaugural year for World Gorilla Day also marks the 50th anniversary of Karisoke Research Center, operated by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI). Established by Dian Fossey, Karisoke is the longest running gorilla field study site dedicated to the conservation, protection, and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Only found in the dense forests of central Africa, gorillas are critically endangered and could face extinction if stronger efforts are not mounted to protect them. The primary threats to their survival are illegal poaching, civil unrest, disease, and habitat destruction due to extractive industries such as mining. There are many great organizations and individuals dedicated to fighting for their survival, but greater awareness and investment are essential to gaining ground for gorillas. World Gorilla Day strives to be a rallying point for bolstering appreciation and action for these great apes. Apes Like Us and all the supporting organizations invite you to join the celebration on September 24 and help give a voice to one of our closest relatives. Visit www.worldgorilladay.com for more information and resources. #animals#apes#worldgorilladay#gorillas @savinggorillas #mountaingorillas#greatapes#grandesinge#apeslikeus#endangeredspecies#wildlifephotography#wildlifefilmmaking @gracegorillas #virunga @worldanimalnews #gorillas @apeactionafrica
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcanoes), located in the Rwandan sector of the #virunga Mountains, is a 160 square kilometer (96 square mile) national park which ranges in altitude from 2,400 meters (7,870 feet) to 4,507 meters (14,780 feet). The park has a range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddles the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Volcanoes National Park is part of a contiguous conservation area that also includes the Virunga National Park of the DRC and Mgahinga National Park of Uganda. The three national parks are managed separately today. Gorilla trekking is the most popular activity in the park . Volcanoes National Park is best known to the outside world as the place where almost for 20 years the American primatologist Dian Fossey undertook her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behavior.
#tbt to 2010 when lone silverback Mukunda began venturing far outside of Virunga National Park to raid crops in the surrounding farmland. Gorilla Doctors was called in to anesthetize the giant silverback and bring him back into the safety of the forest. Mukunda is the son of Senkwekwe, a lead silverback who was killed, along with 4 other group members, by criminals associated with the illegal charcoal trade in 2007. Mukunda is now 22 years old and remains a solitary silverback, occasionally interacting with other groups in the hopes of acquiring females and forming his own group one day.